Cowichan shaken, unstirred by Sept. 9 quake

Cowichan seemed to have emerged slightly shaken but unstirred by Friday’s earthquake about 50 kilometres west of the island. Natural Resources Canada reported the 6.3-magnitude shaker occurred at 12:41 p.m. Regional emergency staff were unavailable for comment Saturday and the RCMP’s B.C. website indicated no aftermath from the quake. The Canadian Press said the rumbler was felt across the island, Lower Mainland, and as far away as Kelowna in the Interior, with no reports of damage. Tremors also affected Lake Cowichan. “My husband (Patrick Sullivan) emailed me (Friday) and said he felt his feet go sideways in the house,” said Michelle Andruskievicz of Shawnigan Lake’s Dwight international School. “It was just really odd.” Odd yet real to regional chairwoman Gerry Giles. “I certainly didn’t have anything reported to me on any damage,” she said Saturday. "In this instance, no news is good news." Meanwhile, the Great British Columbia ShakeOut - Get Ready! Happens at 10:20 a.m. on October 20 when folks will again be instructed to Drop, Cover, and Hold On in preparation for what seismologists say could be the big one to hit the province. A similar drill was staged in January. The last large earthquake near the island was 6.6-magnitude shaker event on Nov. 2, 2004, Natural Resources’ website said.
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